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Line-up ROCK ON festival 2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Rock On, Live, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Rock, News, Festival, Bonfire, Kissin Dynamite, Battle Beast

Line-up ROCK ON festival 2017

Here comes the line-up of this years edition of the Rock On festival in Switzerland. I guess Friday and Saturday could be quite interesting for fans of powerful and melodic metal music.

 

Freitag 11. August 2017

BATTLE BEAST

XANDRIA

SERENITY

SONS OF SOUNDS

Samstag 12. August 2017

KISSIN’ DYNAMITE

BONFIRE

DREAMSHADE

ALMANAC

BLOODBOUND

MISS RABBIT

Sonntag 13. August 2017

SMOKIE

ANNA ROSSINELLI

SANDEE

BABA SHRIMPS

BRUCE CRADLE BAND

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ALTER BRIDGE unveils live video

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Alter Bridge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Hardrock, Video, Live, Napalm Records

ALTER BRIDGE unveils live video
ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times.  

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"!

In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length "Rarities"-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoice. The CD features the never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song "Breathe" from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.
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JAG PANZER announces a new studio album

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Jag Panzer, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, US Metal, SPV, Steamhammer

JAG PANZER announces a new studio album

Legendary Jag Panzer has a new longplayer in the starting blocks. "The Deviant Chord" is the name of this upcoming longplayer that will be released on September 28th, via SPV/Steamhammer. This means that six years waiting period comes to an end.

Jag Panzer is about team spirit which also means that a band is more than just a few musicians that can come and play songs. This band is a unit that grew together over time and even disbanded a few years ago after two people left the band. But due to strong fanbase, step by step the appetite for Jag Panzer came back, also for the musicians involved. Some reunion shows even increased the hunger with the result of this new studio album. Stay tuned for more....

 

Tracklist:

1.   Born Of The Flame 4:00

2.   Far Beyond All Fear 3:49

3.   The Deviant Chord 5:37

4.   Blacklist 4:19

5.   Foggy Dew 3:20

6.   Divine Intervention 3:30

7.   Long Awaited Kiss 6:16

8.   Salacious Behavior 4:07

9.   Fire Of Our Spirit 4:37

10. Dare 5:17

 

Line-up:

Mark Briody (g)

John Tetley (b)

Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin (v)

Rikard Stjernquist (d)

Joey Tafolla (g)

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CD review CARACH ANGREN “Dance and Laugh with the Rotten”

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Carach Angren, Black Metal, Bombastic Metal, Cinematic Metal, Season Of Mist, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

CD review CARACH ANGREN “Dance and Laugh with the Rotten”

(7/10) Dutch metal outfit Carach Angren got quite some media attention last Christmas when the guys planned a show on Christmas Eve. This brought the Christian Party on the agenda with their ambition of not allowing the show. So awareness about the band in their home country is guaranteed and now we have to see what the new album does for strengthening their position in Dutch metal.

“Dance and Love Amongst the Rotten” is the new album that comes with nine songs. As with the predecessors also their news output is a conceptual one which gives also the newest longplayer a narrative storytelling appeal that reminds of the great days of King Diamonds “Abigail” and Them”. A piano-based intro called “Opening” starts and it immediately transfers you into a gloomy world full of grief and sadness, announcing misery.

The next eight tracks address what the intro announces. Carach Angren takes the listener on a journey though evil and darkness. If it’s less the story you’re interested in, it's the music that might grab your attention. The Limburg-based band plays black metal that comes with a dominant bombastic approach which gives the sound a certain dynamic. Pitch black metal section with furious guitars interact with classic moments including violins enriching songs like “Blood Queen”. The peak of staginess is coming in the middle of the album with “Song for the Dead”. This cinematic tune is kept in a slower pace and includes a lot of symphonic elements which makes it sound like an expressionistic soundtrack.

“Dance and Laugh with the Rotten” is a kind of mixed bag for me. First of all and without any doubt the longplayer is a well-crafted piece of music with quite some highlight. On the other hand it doesn’t lead to too many a jaw-dropping moment. Each of the songs itself is created with great musicianship but I was not sure on what to focus – story or music. Anyhow, the longplayer offers 41 minutes of entertaining metal that’s well-produced and comes with a proper production. The rest is up to each and everyone individually.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Opening
  2. Charlie
  3. Blood Queen
  4. Charles Francis Coghlan
  5. Song for the Dead
  6. In de naam van de duivel
  7. Pitch Black Box
  8. The Possession Process
  9. Three Times Thunder Strikes

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Horror Metal

Release Date EU: June 16th, 2017

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CD review MAN WITH A MISSION "Dead End in Tokyo"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Man With A Mission, Alternative Rock, Rock, Modern Rock, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review MAN WITH A MISSION "Dead End in Tokyo"

(5/10) OK, you can like this stuff but you don’t have to. I guess this summarizes Man With A Mission very well. There’s nothing wrong with stretching the borders and there’s also nothing wrong with combining music and styles to something mind-blowing new. But there's also the risk that this approach doesn't lead to pure excitement. Such an endeavors can easily end up at a place where you getting lost in the sounds and styles, resulting into something that feels forced. Man With A Mission is one these bands that mixes two main genres – alternative rock and electro pop to something that sounds like pure sonic sugar. And as it is with sweet stuff, you actually don’t want it but after having started you literally stick to it. The same goes for the songs that are included on Man On A Mission’s newest album “Dead End in Tokyo”.

I have to grant the band starting with live shows, including an American tour in 2010 which led them to some club shows in the U.S. of A. After such a start on stage the band began to record songs ending up on several releases up to day.

The newest album is called “Dead End in Tokyo” and I guess it will not be a dead end for the band. Due to the catchy electro-pop elements the music has the potential to reach the mainstream quite easily. However, the music of Mission Of A Man is far too predictable, has no surprises and is far too much dressed for success. Maybe the intention of the quintet was and is different, but the result gives the mentioned impression.  And I don't want to bother you with the ‘wolf-masks’ they are wearing,incl. the entire story around the ‘why’.

One good thing though. Man On A Mission are easier to digest than the other hype coming from Japan, Baby Metal. I guess the days when bands like Loudness stood for Japanese metal are either over or ended up in lala-land.

If you’re a ‘man on a mission’, looking for new stuff with an open mind, you can check out this album. But watch out, you might stick to it.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dead End in Tokyo
  2. Hey Now
  3. Brave it out
  4. Raise Your Flag
  5. Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Dog Days
  7. Survivor (Live from the Worlds on Fire tour)
  8. Give it Away (Live from the Worlds on Fire tour)
  9. The World’s on Fire (Live from the Worlds on Fire tour)

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Modern Pop Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

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CD review TUESDAY THE SKY "Drift"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Tuesday The Sky, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Ambient, Instrumental, News, CD Review, Inside Out

CD review TUESDAY THE SKY "Drift"

(8/10) Jim Matheo's creativity and inspiration doesn’t seem to know any restrictions. It feels like writing new songs is a natural gift of the guitar virtuoso. Not only that he is one of the main pillars when it comes to prog metal legend Fates Warning, also his contribution to e.g. the O.S.I. project and others underlines the importance of the American guitarist when it comes to rock and metal.

This time it’s another solo project initiated by him that will delight fans of progressive rock music. Matheos, who also did all the bass parts on the album, teamed-up with drummer Lloyd Hanney to create this beautiful release. “Drift”, that's the name of the longplayer, is an instrumental album, with two exceptions. “Vortex Street” as well as “Westerlies” include some vocal parts done in a perfect way by Anna Lynne Williams. What you shouldn't expect in this context is lyrics telling a story. Williams’ vocals are more treated as an additional instrument that adds to the totality of these two soulful songs. Next to her there’s another guest who was invited to contribute to the album. Two songs include keyboard parts of no less than Kevin Moore, well-known from e.g. his times with Dream Theater.

Tuesday The Sky's debut contains tracks being build on musical perfection without losing heart and soul. In general I’m not the biggest fan of instrumental albums since very often the capabilities of the ones involved are in focus. What suffers sometimes is the joy of a song being in the spotlight. Tuesday The Sky did manage to bridge this gap. Matheos’ guitar enchants musicians and non-musicians in the same way. He gives each of the ten tracks an identity that catches the listener from the first note played up to the end of the album. The feel that’s involved should be experienced by listening to the album with earphones on and eyes closed. This gives you the entire width and depth which is embedded in songs like “It Comes in Waves” and “Drift”.

Jim Matheos releases with “Drift” an album that is more than just a nice extra to bridge the waiting time until a new Fates Warning album will hit the shelves of the record shops. This longplayer is well-executed cornerstone in progressive rock music, an instrumental album you should have listened to.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Today the Sky
  2. Kite
  3. Vortex Street
  4. It Comes In Waves
  5. Dyatlov Pass
  6. Far And Away
  7. Westerlies
  8. Roger, Gordo
  9. The Rowing Endeth
  10. Drift

 

Label: Inside Out

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: June 30th, 2017

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CD review MANILLA ROAD "To Kill a King"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Manilla Road, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Doom Metal, Epic Metal, News, CD Review

CD review MANILLA ROAD "To Kill a King"

(8/10) Some consistency is very welcome in this fast changing time and some bands provide this well known to their fans. Manilla Road belongs to this group that brings back a warm feeling of epic metal from the early 80’s.

If you also appreciate the described you should mark June 30th in your calendar since it’s the day of a new Manilla Road longplayer getting out of the starting blocks.

“To Kill a King” raises the count to 18 studio records that capture the result of the band’s creative work up to date. The longplayer features ten new tracks, bringing more then one hour of powerful metal right into your living room (or wherever you will listen to this album). I assume that Mark “The Shark” Shelton and his band mates will also not leave the underground and this is meant in a positive way. Manilla Road’s music isn’t made for the mainstream. As with the earlier releases also the new album focuses on slower-paced metal that partly crosses the lines towards doom.

That the four-piece from Kansas has a wider approach than just slower or more midpaced songs I what “The Arena” brings up to surface. Here we are talking about a furious metal track that’s head banging good. And since it’s in-between two the calmer and melancholic anthems, “Never Again” and “In the Wake”, it acts as a well-placed contrast on a well thought through tracklist.

The trip through basic and virtuous metal continues with “The Talisman” before reaching “The Other Side”, which is another hymn in metal.

Each of these tracks on “To Kill a King” comes with a certain depth that makes them different from so many other releases. OK, sometimes things sound like coming from another time but none of these tracks sounds dusted or old-fashioned. In contrary, this album shows the beauty of a constant evolving sound of a band that always keeps sight of their roots. In the end I guess it’s the mix of longtime Manilla Road experience of Mark Shelton and Bryan Patrick together with a powerful rhythm section that got with Phil Rose another powerful element in 2016.

There’s one song though that at least doesn’t work for me - “Conqueror”. The tune feels a bit scattered and in one or another way I could find my way into it.

However, “To Kill a King” is another pearl in Manilla Road’s long history in metal. These guys stay true to themselves since almost four decades, always aiming for what they like and prefer without being attracted by some flash in the pan trends that also have a rise and fall in metal. Like said in the beginning – consistency rules instead of being attracted by short-term trends that also exist in metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. To Kill a King
  2. Conqueror
  3. Never Again
  4. The Arena
  5. In the Wake
  6. The Talisman
  7. The Other Side
  8. Castle of the Devil
  9. Ghost Warriors
  10. Blood Island

 

Label: Golden Core Records

Genre: Epic Metal

Release Date EU: June 30th, 2017

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CD review NICOTINE NERVES "Nictotine Nerves

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Nictotine Nerves, Rock, Grunge, Punkrock, Punk, News, CD Review

CD review NICOTINE NERVES "Nictotine Nerves

(7/10) Aarhus - Rock City? OK, this is a bit overdone, but there seems to be a vital rock scene in Denmarks second biggest city with Nictotine Nerves being a part of it. The Danish duo released their debut album a few weeks ago, featuring eight rock songs with various roots.

Garage rock, Ramones-influenced punk and some grunge are the main incredients of this rock outfit. None of the tracks on this album reaches an epical length. Most of what you get to hear is around two minutes long and right to the point. Nicotine Nerves' music comes without frills and decoration. Tunes like uptempo "Skin Tight Shoes" and anarchic "Rad" are great stuff, coming from a band enjoying their youth. Each of these tracks get out of the gates pretty well and even the calmer moments, like "Melted Waves" with some Nirvana references, makes fun.

Don't expect a musical revolution. This album is just fun to listen to, enjoying the wildness and freedom of youth. For older guys, like I am of, a nice energy boost and reminder of the 90's.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Skin Tight Shoes
  2. Redwine and Cigarette Butts
  3. Shoot Me Dead
  4. AAEOAA
  5. Melted Waves
  6. Nervous
  7. Rad
  8. People

 

Label: Middle Ear Recordings

Genre: Garage Rock

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017

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CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Punk, CD Review, Municipal Waste, Crossover, News, Heavy Metal

CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

(8/10) Speed, fury and uncompromissingness are some of the key factors for Municipal Waste’s success. The guys from Richmond, Virginia started their metal adventure in 2000, leading to six records over the last years. The newest strike is entitled “Slime and Punishment”, coming with 14 songs that can be described as faster and even more spot-on than what we know from the quintet up to date.

Municipal Waste pushes the pedal to the metal. Calmer moments or even ballads are nothing these guys get out of bed for. The five-piece from Richmond is firing on all cylinders, which results in savage songs like “Breathe Grease”, the opener of a 30 minutes lasting sonic twister that ends with the wild “Think Fast”. The interesting side note with the closer is the fact that the title includes ‘fast’ while the first half is kept in a quite moderate pace – still in Municipal Waste terms.

Everything that’s in-between the opener and the closer can be described as crossover anthems per excellence. Not taking prisoners with songs like the grooving “Slime and Punishment”, the brutal “Amateur Sketch” and the boisterous “Poison the Preacher”, Municipal Waste continues with a sound bands like D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies built up decades ago. The Richmond-quintet stands for a next generation of crossover bands, taking their inspiration from those earlier days in metal. The guys revitalize crossover since quite some years with “Slime and Punishment” being their newest attack.

“Slime and Punishment” is a self-recorded album with bass player Phil Hall at the helm. The mix though was done externally by no less than legendary Bill Metoyer. Obviously it was a fruitful combination, resulting in an excellent sound for such a crossover endeavour.

“Slime and Punishment” is an album that picks up the best from thrash metal and hardcore and the fact that this style isn’t really new doesn’t matter. Municipal Waste’s sound isn’t unique, but who cares. What the album gets across though is an honest passion for metal music that is transferred by songs that catches someone’s attention in no time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Breathe Grease
  2. Enjoy The Night
  3. Dingy Situations
  4. Shrednecks
  5. Poison The Preacher
  6. Bourbon Discipline
  7. Parole Violators
  8. Slime And Punishment
  9. Amateur Sketch
  10. Excessive Celebration
  11. Low Tolerance
  12. Under The Waste Command
  13. Death Proof
  14. Think Fast

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

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CD review HANSEN & FRIENDS :Thank You Wacken (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Hansen & Friends, Wacken, earMusic, Live, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

CD review HANSEN & FRIENDS :Thank You Wacken (Live)"

(8/10) Kai Hansen and Wacken share a longtime common history. It was back in 1994 when Hansen played the Wacken open ait festival with Gamma Ray. At that time the festival was far away from being as big as it is these days - it was a smaller event in a city that was not known by anybody outside the village borders. Things changed over time, for Wacken and Kai Hansen.

Gamma Ray is still the main focus point of the iconic guitarist from Hamburg, but he also signed responsible for a massive contribution to Unisonic as well as he released in 2016 a solo album called "XXX - Three Decades in Metal". Hansen brought together a few friends around the table, celebrating pure metal with a bunch of songs reflecting a wide variety of rock and metal sounds. 

A logical consequence out of Hansen's Wacken-connection and the solo project led to a unique metal show on a muddy summer night in 2016 when the studio album of Hansen & Friends became alive, on stage. Supported by musicians like Eike Freesen, Alex Dietz, Frank Beck, and more, Hansen & Friends performed a set that was build on the solo release from a few months earlier. 

The cherry on this metal cake was the inclusion of some older Helloween classics which made a great show to an even greater one. Not only that tunes like "Victim of Fate", " Want Out" and "Future World' belong to the best German metal ever brought up to surface, it was the last two mentioned that brought also legendary Michael Kiske on stage. Hearing him singing these classics with Hansen on lead guitar gave a first glimpse of what fans can expect in autumn this year when the guys will be part of the 'Pumpkins United" tour.

This live release is an album that you should call your own when interested in well-executed melodic metal. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Born Free
  2. Ride the Sky
  3. Contract Song
  4. Victim of Fate
  5. Enemies of Fun
  6. Fire and Ice
  7. Burning Bridges
  8. Follow the Sun
  9. I Want Out
  10. Future World
  11. All or Nothing
  12. Save Us

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

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CD review ENTRAILS "World Inferno"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Entrails, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Metal Blade, Heavy Metal, Sweden

CD review ENTRAILS "World Inferno"

(8/10) It was back at the end of the 90’s when Swedish Entrails started the adventure of founding a death metal band and I guess that they are one of the few bands that actually needed a second attempt in order to get things off the ground. In their first ‘era’, the guys haven’t been really satisfied with what they did and slowly faded away.

One decade later it was guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist who initiated a restart of Entrails which was in the end a far more successful endeavor than anything done earlier. In this phase Lundqvist found new partner in crime and the band’s debut “Tales from the Morgue” was in reach after having initially started the band. The album was well-received by the fan base and acted as a motivator for more.

Over the last years Entrails has been very productive with three more longplayers that followed, with the newest one, “World Inferno” being available at the record shops as we speak/read. Like earlier also over the last months the band had to go through some line-up changes with Martin Mikaelsson on drums, building the new engine for Entrails together with bass player/vocalist Tommy Carlsson. This powerhouse does a good job on the album providing a hellish beat for each of the ten tracks.

The abyss opens with the title track. “World Inferno” begins with a dark keyboard passage before evolving to a mean death metal anthem. This song sets the standards for the album, a record that also contains some groovier numbers like "Condemned to the Grave” – a first highlight on “World Inferno”.  Entrails proves with their newest addition to their discography that death metal can be highly entertaining. Songs like “Insane Slaughter” benefit from a pretty good songwriting with intense riff, furious leads and well-placed breaks.

Bands like the legendary Entombed delivered the blueprint for Entrails’ sound. It was like this on the first records and “World Inferno” doesn’t change the approach. What's the enjoyable asset of this album is the unleashed energy and song writing capabilities, making this album to a raw piece of meat.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. World Inferno
  2. Condemned to the Grave
  3. Serial Murder (Death Squad)
  4. The Soul Collector
  5. Dead and Buried
  6. Insane Slaughter
  7. Into Eternal Fire
  8. Suffer
  9. The Hour of the Casket
  10. The Blood Breed

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: June 16th, 2017

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CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 2"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Nick Oliveri, Punkrock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Heavy Psych, CD Review

CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 2"

(7/10) Earlier this year former Kyuss (bass)guitarist Nick Oliveri released an album called “N.O. Hits as All – Volume 1” on which he published cover versions of songs that mean something to him. What the title of this EP already indicates is the fact that none of the track ever reached a wider audience which is per se not a bad thing. Each of these tracks is a small little highlight in itself and stands for an approach that finds a continuation on the next EP. The second thing that was obvious in January was a continuation of what was started with this release.

Hals a year later “Volume 2” of this journey comes again with 6 songs and a 20 minutes running time. Oliveri did these songs in the same fashion as he did it on the predecessor. Raw punk rock is the general sound on this musical adrenaline shot. Regardless if it’s Turbonegro’s “Back to Dungaree High”, the furious opener We Only Came to Get High”, originally by The Dwarves, or the acoustic “John Lawman / Green Machine””, this album acts as a well-done wake-up call.

“N.O. Hits at All – Volume 2” is a nice record, charged with energetic music, some irony and a spot-on approach. For not being a ‘hit’ each of the six tunes still has the potential for being an underground anthem, best performed live in a smaller club venue.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. We Only Came to Get High
  2. Nothing at All
  3. Back to Dungaree High
  4. Wastoid
  5. John Lawman / Green Machine
  6. In the Butt

 

Label: Heavy Psych

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: June 16th, 2017

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CD review KREATOR "Endless Pain" / "Pleasure to Kill" / "Terrible Certainty" / Extreme Aggression" - reissues (Noise lebt!)

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Keator, Noise Lebt!, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, News, re-issue

CD review KREATOR "Endless Pain" / "Pleasure to Kill" / "Terrible Certainty" / Extreme Aggression" - reissues (Noise lebt!)

(7/10) (9/10) (9/10) (8/10) To also repeat in this review the history of Noise Records would feel like a broken record. Many of my other posts around 'Noise Lebt!' address this topic but one thing I want to say here too. Today's metal would be different without this label from Berlin, Germany.

Next to many other bands, Noise Records also gave some guys from Essen, Germany a home and a platform to spread their heavy music all over Europe, and beyond. Indeed, we are talking about Kreator, the spearhead of German thrash metal.

Since more than 30 years Kreator adds new chapters to their success story with the latest tour being another triumphant trip, bringing their thrash metal anthems on stage in many countries all over the globe. With all this momentum it's good to stand still and even go back in time. The foundation was laid 35 years ago in Essen when a bunch of youngsters decided to start a metal band. After some demo years it was Noise Records that contracted the band, giving Kreator the chance to release their raw and frenzied debut named "Endless Pain". Release date was in October 1985 and a worldwide winning streak was not even something to think about at that time. The debut was rough-edged and savage, leading to high appreciation in the underground. The impact on influencing upcoming death- and black-metal bands can't be denied, however "Endless Pain" was the springboard for Kreator's international career, an album that still delivers songs like "Endless Pain" and "Flag of Hate" to current setlists.

Next to the re-mastered album itself the current version includes the "Blitzkrieg Demo" as well as it brings "End of the World Demo" in a CD version into your home.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist "Endless Pain"

  1. Endless Pain
  2. Total Death
  3. Storm of the Beast
  4. Tormentor
  5. Son of Evil
  6. Flag of Hate
  7. Cry War
  8. Bonebreaker
  9. Living in Fear
  10. Dying Victims
  11. Satan's Day ("Blitzkrieg" Demo)
  12. Messenger from Burning Hell ("Blitzkrieg" Demo)
  13. Armies of Hell ("End Of the World" Demo)
  14. Tormentor ("End of the World" Demo)
  15. Cry War ("End Of the World" Demo)
  16. Bonebreaker ("End Of the World" Demo)
CD review KREATOR "Endless Pain" / "Pleasure to Kill" / "Terrible Certainty" / Extreme Aggression" - reissues (Noise lebt!)

(9/10) After such a great start into metal it was important to keep the fire burning. Therefor the band work intensively on their sophomore record "Pleasure to Kill". This longplayer stands for Kreator's break-through and it was my entry-point when it comes to the band from Essen. The quartet improved their sound and their capabilities, leading to classics like "Pleasure to Kill", "Choir of the Damned" and "Ripping Corpse". The band raised the bar, adding more technical finesse to their music. Kreator made their way and stood up to other thrash metal cornerstone releases such as Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Slayer's "Reign in Blood", keeping the Kreator vibe alive up to date.

Like with the other re-issues also this version comes with an extra which is the "Flag of Hate" EP. This disc was meant to bridge the waiting time for fans between the debut and "Pleasure to Kill". In this sense fans get a complete overview of what Mille and band brought into the record shops during the late 80's.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist "Pleasure to Kill"

  1. Choir of the Damned
  2. Ripping Corpse
  3. Death Is Your Saviour
  4. Pleasure to Kill
  5. Riot of Violence
  6. The Pestilence
  7. Carrion
  8. Command of the Blade
  9. Under The Guillotine
  10. Flag of Hate ("Flag of Hate" EP)
  11. Take Their Lives ("Flag of Hate" EP)
  12. Awakening of the Gods ("Flag of Hate" EP)
CD review KREATOR "Endless Pain" / "Pleasure to Kill" / "Terrible Certainty" / Extreme Aggression" - reissues (Noise lebt!)

(9/10) Swinging such a hot bat acted as a motivator for starting the work on the third record which premiered in 1987. This longplayer also included a line-up adjustment since it was the first one done as a quartet. With Jörge Trebziatowski a second guitarist joined the horde, opening a gate to a wider variation of Kreator's sound. Originally meant to be entitled "Blind Faith" the band initiated a last minute change to "Terrible Certainty", an album title that is very well-known all over the planet.

The extra goodie on this re-issue is the "Out of the Dark ... Into the Light" live release from 1988. Kreator recorded a show at the legendary Dynamo club in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, featuring eight songs including highlights like "Terrible Certainty" and "Riot of Violence". Kreator concerts are blast of energy that should be experienced by watching a show, but it is this live album that gives a first idea of what you can expect - in case you haven't seen the four-piece from Essen live on stage.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist "Terrible Certainty"

  1. Blind Faith
  2. Storming with Menace
  3. Terrible Certainty
  4. As the World Burns
  5. Toxic Trace
  6. No Escape
  7. One of Us
  8. Behind the Mirror
  9. Impossible to Cure ("Out Of the Dark…Into the Light" EP)
  10. Lambs to the Slaughter ("Out Of the Dark…Into the Light" EP)
  11. Terrible Certainty (live)
  12. Riot of Violence (live)
  13. Awakening of the Gods (live)
  14. Flag of Hate (live)
  15. Love Us or Hate Us (live)
  16. Behind The Mirror (live)
CD review KREATOR "Endless Pain" / "Pleasure to Kill" / "Terrible Certainty" / Extreme Aggression" - reissues (Noise lebt!)

(8/10) The first three longplayers haven been a winning streak for the German thrash outfit and it was a logical consequence that Mille & Co. have been hungry for more. The band had, and still has, a continuously growing fan base that wants to get new stuff on their plate. "Extreme Aggression" delivered what metalheads all over the place expected in the late 80's - another extremely strong thrash metal milestone. The longplayer presented Kreator at a next level with a sound that became a bit colder and clinic. Each of the songs is still a savage piece of music but the album in its entirety is more streamlined compared to the predecessors. However "Extreme Aggression" was the pinnacle of Kreator's rise and it wasn't a too big of a surprise that Kreator entered the German Top 100 charts.

What comes with this disc is the entire "Live in East Berlin" recording from 1990. This live recording showcases Kreator on another peak in their career. While songs and songwriting improved over the last years, it the intensity of a Kreator show that stayed and survived up to date. Mille and Co.always deliver at least 100% and the word 'compromise' doesn't even seem to exist when it comes to these merciless live shows - as this one that's the treat on this re-release.

In addition to all said, each of the four CDs comes with a well-done booklet including liner-notes, lyrics and many photos from the earlier days of the band. This re-issue series is far more than just a re-release. These four classics are a remastered summary of landmarks when it comes to European thrash metal. Each of these discs is a 'must' have' and should be a part of every serious metal collection, even if you call the original releases your own.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist "Extreme Aggression"

  1. Extreme Aggression
  2. No Reason to Exist
  3. Love Us or Hate Us
  4. Stream Of Consciousness
  5. Some Pain Will Last
  6. Betrayer
  7. Don't Trust
  8. Bringer of Torture
  9. Fatal Energy
  10. Some Pain Will Last (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  11. Extreme Aggression (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  12. Under The Guillotine (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  13. Toxic Trace (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  14. Bringer of Torture (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  15. Pleasure to Kill (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  16. Flag of Hate (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  17. Terrible Certainty (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  18. Riot of Violence (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  19. Love Us or Hate Us (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  20. Behind The Mirror (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  21. Betrayer (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  22. Awakening Of the Gods (Live in East Berlin 1990)
  23. Tormentor (Live in East Berlin 1990)

 

All four albums:

Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June9th, 2017

 

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CD review STONE SOUR "Hydrograd"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in News, CD Review, Stone Sour, Coery Taylor, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, Punkrock

CD review STONE SOUR "Hydrograd"

(9/10) End of June marks the return of Stone Sour, having a new album right in the starting blocks. The 15 songs containing longplayer is entitled “Hydrograd” and comes via Roadrunner Records.

The bands achievements over the last 1,5 decades is pretty impressive. The group has its roots back in 1992 when Stone Sour was founded by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. After some first demos the band went on a hiatus in the late 90’s, just to return with even more powerful in the beginning of the new millennium. The debut “Stone Sour” was the starting point of a success story that’s ongoing up to date. The quintet won the ‘Revolver Golden Gods’ Award as well as they have been nominated three times for the Grammy Award. Their latest release “House of Gold & Bones” dates back to 2012/2013 and was released in two steps, followed four years later by the new smasher “Hydrograd”.

The new album covers a lot of styles and genres. Typical Stone Sour alternative metal melts more and more with rock and traditional heavy metal with even some punk influences that can be found on the new record. The first thing you get to hear is a song/intro called “YSIF” which reminded me party of Faith No More. “Taipei Person – Allah Tea” is the first ‘real’ track’ and it's a tune that comes in the typical Stone Sour fashion. The verse is modern metal-based while the chorus stands for a well implemented melodic counterpart.

Things continue quite heavy with “Knievel Has Landed” while the title track “Hydrograd” puts groove into the center. “Song #3”, which actually song number five on the tracklist, shows some more American punk influences. The tune is one of the first singles releases of the album and looking on the airplay potential I guess it’s a good choice. “Fabuless” is a darker song that’s angry and party depressive, building a good contrast to the before mentioned easy-going “Song #3”.

After those heavy tunes it’s the right moment to break the noise with some partly calmer tones. “The Witness Trees” is such a song. Not being a ballad at all, the track provides a moment to take a deep breath before the up-tempo “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song is Dumb & So I Am)” and also “Thank God it’s Over” act as the next energizers. However, the album comes with a ballad too. “St Marie” is the silent hymn on “Hydrograd”.

Towards the end of this fantastic longplayer things get harder again. “Whiplash Pants” is a pushing modern metal song and “Friday Knights” unveils an enormous intensity build on a moderate pace. One of the best tracks on the album is the raging “Somebody Stole My Eyes”. This tune is not made for compromises and hits bulls eye. It’s the powerhouse that’s need at the end of a pretty long tracklist and with the closer the silent tones are back. “When the Fever Broke” is an atmospheric song that is touching and intense. This beautiful number rounds off an album that will strengthen Stone Sour’s top-of-the-list position in modern rock and metal music.

Corey Taylor and Co. add another milestone to their impressive discography, showing a band that found their own style, which includes a variation of sounds and elements, all fitting together in an excellent manner, creating this masterpiece.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. YSIF
  2. Taipei Person – Allah Tea
  3. Knievel Has Landed
  4. Hydrograd
  5. Song #3
  6. Fabuless
  7. The Witness Trees
  8. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song is Dumb & So I Am)
  9. Thank God It’s Over
  10. St Marie
  11. Mercy
  12. Whiplash Pants
  13. Friday Knights
  14. Somebody Stole My Eyes
  15. When the Fever Broke

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: June 30th, 2017

Photo: Travis Shinn (Promo)

Photo: Travis Shinn (Promo)

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